Potentially Unwanted Programs

The Internet is filled with free programs and tools making promises they fall short of, or that once installed performs unwanted acts. Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as Possibly Unwanted Programs or PUPs, are scattered throughout the Internet, whether a website offering or an inclusion in a freeware download. Like adware and legitimate software programs, PUPs may track surfing habits, collect data and send to a third party. PUPs are sometimes called ‘greyware’ because they fall in a grey area and do not necessarily or upfront pose a security threat. Sometimes through missteps of our own or someone else using our system, a program is installed that you want removed. Perhaps it didn’t meet expectations or may be negatively impacting system performance. All programs having good intent should readily offer an uninstall feature for easy removal. In cases where the PC user finds it difficult to find let alone remove the components engineering a program, this should raise a red flag and incite the need to remove aggressively.

If you are highly skilled editing the Windows Registry or are able to follow the technical jargon and mind-twisting instructions posted on a security forum, you may be able to manually remove unwanted files buried throughout your system. However, be very careful not to delete the wrong file and don’t forget to reset viral restoration points as well as restore corrupted files. If a mistake is made, you could corrupt the hard drive and lose valuable data. While you may have backed up your data and programs, hopefully you stored the important and necessary product keys required to reinstall software. To be safe, we highly recommend you use a professional anti-malware solution able to find and safely remove malware without causing harm to your computer and able to restore corrupted OS files and components.

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Wizard 101 55/10 0 June 19, 2013
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WorldofNotes Toolbar 11/10 9,767 August 28, 2017
WorldSport New Tab April 19, 2016
WowMovix Ads 22/10 16,847 March 8, 2016
WS-Enabler 11/10 0 February 20, 2014
WS-Supporter February 20, 2014
X New Tab Page(Extension) March 20, 2018
Xvidly June 27, 2013
Y2Go 11/10 403 April 17, 2017
Yadbazelet February 14, 2019
YahooChrome May 17, 2018
YaTab October 15, 2018
YellowSend September 7, 2015
Yoga New Tab 11/10 515 April 7, 2017
You-Bar 22/10 82 December 9, 2013
YouBoost 11/10 181 December 18, 2015
Your Daily Trailer 1010/10 1 April 26, 2017
Your Email Accounts Toolbar December 20, 2017
Your Free Online Forms 11/10 371 March 15, 2018
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Your Interests Now Toolbar 55/10 5 November 30, 2015
Your Movies Now New Tab 88/10 5 June 10, 2016

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